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Secure Wireless Connection Says It's Out of Range

I am having trouble connecting to my campus' secure wireless internet connection. I am able to connect to the unsecure connection on campus without a problem, and am also able to connect to my WEP secure connection on my home network without any trouble also. My campus wireless connection is protected through WPA2, and we were required to download the SecureW2 client in order to log on and connect. The problem is though, when I select the NDSU Secure wireless connection on my Windows wireless connection manager, I am getting an error message stating that the 'wireless network is out of range'. I am running Windows XP with SP3. Any ideas???

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  • nicholas_bar Feb 06, 2009

    Hey, thanks for the response. I went and double checked that the "Enable IEEE 802.1X authentication for this network" box was checked and it was, and I am using "EAP type: SecureWS EAP-TTLS" that appeared after downloading the SecureW2 Client. But I'm still not able to connect to the Secure connection, it tries to, but after if fails it just automatically connects to the unsercure wireless connection. Any other ideas?

  • nicholas_bar Feb 06, 2009

    Hey, thanks for the response. I went and double checked that the "Enable IEEE 802.1X authentication for this network" box was checked and it was, and I am using "EAP type: SecureWS EAP-TTLS" that appeared after downloading the SecureW2 Client. But I'm still not able to connect to the Secure connection, it tries to, but after if fails it just automatically connects to the unsercure wireless connection. Any other ideas?

  • nicholas_bar Feb 06, 2009

    - Yeah, I am able to get full signal strength in a lot of different locations on campus.



    - I also went and talked to campus IT and had a few different people look at it. One thing they suggested was to remove my Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Adapter wireless connection manager, which I did, but it didn't help. Other than that they weren't really able to come up with any solutions for me. Kinda starting to think it's a bit of a lost cause, but figured I'd give it a couple more shots in finding something on the internet.

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Follow the steps in the SecureW2 user guide to make sure that "Enable IEEE 802.1X authentication for this network" is enabled.

User guide here: http://www.securew2.org/wiki/UserGuide

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  • RM Pro Svcs Feb 06, 2009

    Can you see the signal strength in your room? Have you tried connecting in a location where the signal might be stronger?

    Also, have you checked with your campus IT support on this issue?



  • RM Pro Svcs Feb 06, 2009

    I looked on Dell's site, the drivers & client are pretty old for that wireless card.

    Go spend $50 on a newer PCMCIA or USB wireless adapter and try it out. Bet it works. Take it back if it doesn't.


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